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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 09-23-2014 07:13 PM 4427 views 11 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of the most enjoyable boxes that I have made so far. The butterfly and Lilies incorporated into the marquetry I have been wanting to do for a long time now. I inlayed some Mother of Pearl and Abalone on both top faces of the top to look like a Gem Star .

I made this box for my wife Patti, because she likes to make jewelry. The trays are used to store gem’s, pearls, and other parts to make bracelets necklaces and ear rings.

The hardwood is out of Wenge and the box is veneered with Pelin burl, the marquetry is out of Dyed yellow, black, green veneer, Walnut burl, purple heart, Wenge, birds eye maple Holly, and white oak. The box size is 7” Tall x 11” Wide x 17” long. Thank you for looking, and happy Woodworking!!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 07:30 PM

Dennis, what a beautiful box. The shape is so attractive. The marquetry takes it over the top. Fabulous.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 07:33 PM

Absolutely amazing Dennis. You have created such detail and precision in this box.

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 07:34 PM

Spectacular work, Dennis… especially the marquetry!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 07:47 PM

You got one lucky wife their buddy!!!!!!! It’s a real beauty Dennis and I know that Patti must love it. I miss you guys and will drop in on you whenever I’m up in Omaha again, it may be that I come up pretty soon. All my best to you and Patti

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 07:55 PM

Dennis you have created a beautiful box. Lilys are my favorite flower and I love the Gem Star everything about this box is what I call a Dennis Zongker style. You did a fantastic job! Now I can make jewlery in style :)

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 08:04 PM

wow dennis, this one is out of the park…gee, its just so beautiful, gosh i can’t imagine what a box like this would cost, but it would be a whopper..i’m so happy it is going to your wife, something that took so much work should stay within your family, every time i would see this i would have to stop and admire…this box could be a book….of all the techniques you used…thank you for sharing this…so beautiful…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 08:48 PM

You just set the bar up another notch!

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 09:55 PM

My oh my that is one beautiful box, although I don’t know if I would realy call it a box ! There has got to be some kind of French word as it sits there.

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 11:03 PM

Dennis, this is an outstanding build. Words simply cannot describe the beauty of this box. Exceptional Work, Dennis. While I was admiring your box, I showed it to my 5 year old granddaughter, and she loves it, too. The butterflies really got her. Funny, she asked me if I could build a walnut box like that for her, too, and I never stated the box was made from walnut…..I guess she’s been in the shop with me a few times… I would love to see a blog or some additional build pics of this box if you have them. As with most of your projects….added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 11:31 PM

Particularly nice one Dennis. I really like the shaped base and I’ve become a big fan of pelin burl. I used it inside one of my chart boxes, gorgeous stuff. Your butterflies could fly right off the lid ….. so real.
Keep up the great and inspirational work. We all love to see your projects.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 11:39 PM

Man that is a beautiful box—just beautiful! If you’re gunna keep building them like this, I expect another book!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 09-24-2014 12:04 AM

You, my friend, are definitely one of the finest craftsman I know.
Your work is absolutely outstanding.

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#13 posted 09-24-2014 12:23 AM


Your talent shines in all aspects of this creation. As David Savage says”It’s a wow piece!”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 09-24-2014 02:23 AM

This box is the type of thing I will aspire to once I actually have time. Absolutely gorgeous!

I have a plastic tackle box for my wood beads. (said in the same tome Charlie Brown used when he says “I got a rock” when trick-or-treating. I’ve only myself to blame for pressing my nose to the grindstone hard enough to lose it, figuratively speaking. I have wood and will soon finally have time to play with it. My last day of employment is 10/30/14…I’m retiring.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#15 posted 09-24-2014 02:45 AM

Beautiful box. As always, you raise the bar for them rest of us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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